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're seeing from republicans a lot of change in position, especially mitt romney. i mean, in 2006 governor romney said, and this is a direct quote, i'm very much in favor of people recognizing that these high gasoline prices are probably here to stay. and the new republic covered it in if an article just recently here that i'd like to submit for the record, madam chair. the title of the article's, when romney liked high gas prices. in fact, it highlighted that he was very much for a lot of the plans that president obama has put forward today. on this issue of gas prices, i would note that the associated press recently conducted a comprehensive statistical study going back 36 years. and the study shows no correlation, underline no correlation between u.s. drilling and gasoline prices. gasoline prices are driven by oil prices which are set on the global market. the u.s. has the highest rate count in at least 25 years, but we do not control global supply and demand. so that's something that i think consumers need to realize and understand. even if we were totally oil independent like canada i
be achieved if congress enacts the right policies. >> two romney advisers? >> which ones? >> hubbard and mankey. let's go to the audience. we've got some standing up. fine. >> hi. justin schafer with republican main street. good morning, congress bank. >> morning. >> i was watching the house floor yesterday, and you heard the buzz words, end medicare as we know it, vice versa, and how do we educate the public that the real drivers of the debt are not foreign aid, waste, but the big three entitlements? >> right. so if you watch it, i have this chart that cbo puts out that shows how three programs, medicare, medicaid and social security, um, eventually just consume 100% of revenues. you throw interest on top which you have to pay interest, they consume 100% of revenues by 2025. and it's not an insidious plan by one party or the other, it was just demographics and health inflation. it's both parties made a lot of promises to people that the government can't keep. gao says it's about $100 trillion worth of promises made to today's americans that the government's shy of covering. as soon
world america made" by robert kagan who's an adviser to the romney campaign. he joined others to discuss the afghanistan war, whether america should get involved militarily in syria and the impact of defense spending cuts. this is about 90 minutes. >> get started. okay. welcome, everybody. i'm tom donnelly, i work here at aei as a resident fellow and director of our center for defense studies. again, i'm just here to welcome everybody, at least for the moment, not only on behalf of aei, but my partners in crime from the new america foundation, and from the center for a new american security. this is a joint project and multiplying think tank bureaucracies adds geometrical levels of complexities, but we've been working at three now for a while and very pleased to kick off what is a series of events examining the core issues of foreign and national security policy in this presidential year. the three of us are, obviously, institutions with somewhat different policy perspectives. what's brought us together in this case is a shared belief that this will be an extremely consequential election
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